Vote Progressive Dane, get screwed
It was what we thought it was. Madison is 10 to 1 opposed to the city’s $40 wheel tax, judging from the 2,000 pages [CORRECTED] of e-mails that flooded city hall from 250 individuals. Kudos to Chris Rickert of the WI State Journal for filing the open records request to get that info. Many of the supporting messages came from insiders like the public employees union.
Didn’t stop the council from approving Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s* tax 11 to 8 a month ago. (* Progressive Dane)
Voting YES: Bidar, Furman*, Lemmer, Rummel*, Martin, Evers*, Moreland, Foster*, Verveer*, Heck*, Kemble* — 11
Voting NO: Abbas, Albouras, Baldeh, Carter, Harrington-McKinney, Henak, Skidmore, Tierney — 8
Notice anything strange about the tax? It was sold as the only way possible to balance the city budget. There Was No Choice! Scott Walker made us do it! No choice — if you wanted to embark on a multi-million dollar rapid bus transit system, that is. But alders never really debated bus rapid transit. A major policy initiative snuck in through the back door. We have to fund it before we will know it works.
Rickert’s news story concludes with this gem: Ald. Grant Foster* responds to a constituent opposed to the wheel tax this way:
“Can you imagine a future where you might need to own fewer or zero cars? What would it take to make that a reasonable option for you or your household?”
Foster’s arrogance just shouts off the page.
Q. What would it take to get you off automobiles?
A. How about creating new taxes like the wheel tax and raising existing taxes on property? That might free up space in the garage.
Foster, we are told, owns no cars. Sing along with the white lab-coated nebbishes at the Werkes:
Can you imagine a world where there are no cars?
It’s easy, if you try.
No Hell below us. Above us only sky.
Traitorous American Communists
More evidence that the Communist party of the U.S. was a traitorous fifth column, a safe house for spies, comes from researchers Harvey Klehr and John Earl Haynes, as reported in the New York Times.
In 20212, Mr. Klehr obtained newly declassified FBI files on informants who had successfully penetrated the Community Party of the United States. Suddenly, … major parts of the atomic puzzle [Russia’s acquisition of the atomic bomb a mere 49 months after the first test at Los Alamos] fell into place.
Atonement from the newspaper that employed Stalin apologist Walter Duranty and demonized those who ferreted out Russian subversives.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Speaking of The Capital Times*, wouldn’t you think they would editorialize Yay or Nay on so important a matter as the wheel tax, especially given that they are now advertising their local content? Not a peep.